The Holy Land and the Golden
Section – Part 5
The Golden Section is a source of
inspiration. It suggests an explanation for the origin and meaning of the
synthesis which is revealed in the map.
A simpler way to come to the map idea is
This is the tendency to attribute human characteristics to inanimate objects,
animals and others.
The Inhabitants of the Holy Land found many associations according to this concept. Here are few examples:
Litany River – In Latin the word 'litanies' means: A prayer.
Lake Kinneret – The
Jewish Mishna sages explained the city's name in the Hebrew expression: 'It has
Jaffa – This is
the port from which Yona the prophet sailed and later was swallowed by a whale.
Dead Sea – Joshua
captured Jericho by trumpets blowing.
Jerusalem – It’s
the city of G-d saying.
Gaza – Samson
moved out the city gates.
Photos the Gallery of
Examples of National Anthropomorphism:
England as a man riding on a whale
Italy as a man
The map of Italy is by the English painter William
Harvey. He published in 1869 an atlas of anthropomorphic maps. In the
preface he describes the advantages of the anthropomorphic map as an educational
tool which stimulate children's mind.
The level of
correlations between Geographic regions and the body parts is much higher in
Land map then
in any other map of the same principle. It is a level of correlation which
calls for a scientific examination.
Without a scientific
value test, the map will remain as a cartographic curiosity.
Between a scientific
finding and a caricature, this map is an image with many messages. It is an image in
practice, or a visual telling of stories.
One message is that of the Bible
stories. The fate of the main characters in the Bible, from Abraham to
Jeremiah, is determined by this idea of the general unity between the land, the
people and the G-d of Israel.
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